The Bentley Mulsanne lives a charmed life.
It its glamour photos, the Mulsanne whooshes around between palaces, castles and state capitols.
This is a car that lives the globe-trotting life we all dream about.
It will hit 180-plus-mph between the safety chicanes that break up its namesake straight-away at LeMans.
Everything is supremely luxurious, well-executed, and most of all: memorably fun to drive.
This big bruiser has 10 VW's worth of power under that massive hood, and rear-drive dynamics ensure old-school Bentley Boys thrills around any damp corner.
But there is a wide-eyed elephant in the room. The Mulsanne is not easy to look at in the eyes, let alone love.
But like the best things in life, this styling takes time to appreciate. Enjoy these mega galleries of the Mulsanne, including a few historical snaps with its Blower 8 Litre ancestor - helping to make sense of the inboard, giant round lamps.
For some, it will be the epitome of history and future in one flying B.
Bentley Mulsanne - Exterior Galleries
Official Specifications below.
184 mph / 296 km/h
6.75-litre twin-turbo V8
6750 cc / 411.9 cu in
Two parallel turbochargers, indirect intercooling
512 PS / 505 bhp / 377 kW @4200 rpm
1020 Nm / 752 lb.ft @1750 rpm
Alu. alloy heads and block, forged steel crank, conrods and pistons
Bore x Stroke
104 mm x 99 mm / 4.1" x 3.9"
Single central camshaft with phaser, pushrods, 2 valves per cylinder
98 (95) RON
Four cylinders, valves and fuel deactivated at light load
90° V-angle. 15% improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation of V8 engine, whilst producing more power and torque across the rev range.
Automatic gearbox, torque converter, rear-wheel drive
Torque Split (front:rear)
NA - rear wheel drive
ZF 8HP90 eight-speed automatic
1st: 4.71, 2nd: 3.14, 3rd: 2.1, 4th: 1.67, 5th: 1.29, 6th: 1.00, 7th: 0.839, 8th: 0.667
Mechanical time 600ms, total time 800ms
Sport mode and steering-wheel mounted paddleshift
BRAKES, ESP & CRUISE CONTROL
Brake Disc Material
400 mm diameter x 38 mm thick
370 mm diameter x 30 mm thick
Twin-booster arrangement, ABS, Hydarulic Brake Assistance, Electronic Brake Prefill and Automatic Hill-Hold Control
Electronic Stability Control and traction control. Full disablement possible at driver command.
Cruise control as standard, optional Adaptive Cruise Control
Electronic Park Brake with Drive-Away assist
Body Type and Style
Steel monocoque, super-formed aluminium front fenders, aluminium bonnet and doors, composite bootlid with integrated antennae
Bi-Xenon projector headlamps, LED signature daylight running lamps, LED main beam supplementation, LED rear lamps
28 standard, 100+ additional options and duotones
5575 mm / 219.5"
Width across mirrors
2208 mm / 86.9"
Width across body
1926 mm / 75.8" (width with mirrors folded)
1521 mm / 59.9"
3266 mm / 128.6"
1615 mm / 63.58"
1652 mm / 65.03"
1065 mm / 41.9 in
1090 mm / 42.9 in
Front Headroom (max)
1018 mm / 40.1 in
967 mm / 38.1 in
0.33 Cd (0.32 in Sport suspension mode)
2685 kg / 5919 lb (North America: 2711 kg / 5976 lb)
Gross Vehicle Weight
3200 kg / 7055 lb
Weight distribution (FR:RR)
UK (inc. 20% VAT)
Europe (exc. tax)
Middle East (exc. duty & tax)
China (inc. taxes & duties)
Russia (inc. 18% VAT)
Speculative Renderings - Fixing the Mulsanne's Nose
So, is the problem all in the nose? The design sketches are beautiful: but something was seriously lost in translation in the roofline and shoulders of the machine.
So, the nose is ... hard to love. Is it mainly the gaping headlights that are the problem? A quick photoshop experiment shows me that:
Yes, in my opinion, the lights are the problem.
Bentley Mulsanne - Interior Gallery
Official Interior Specifications below.
SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Double wishbone, anti-roll bar
Multilink rear suspension with toe and brake reaction control
Springs & Dampers
Self-levelling air suspension with Continuous Damping Control, automatic ride height control and four driver-selectable modes
Rack and pinion, ZF speed-sensitive Servotronic power assistance
Steering Rack Ratio
12.6 m / 41.3 ft
INFOTAINMENT AND ELECTRONICS
8" high-res screen, central Multi Media Interface (MMI) controller
14-speakers, 2x subwoofers, 8-channel DSP, iPod/MP3 connection, DAB or SDARS radio, 6-disc CD changer, DVD drive, 2x SD card readers, micro-USB, opt. 2200W 20-speaker Naim system.
Dynamic route guidance, 7-digit postcodes, 3D topography
Telephone system, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, privacy handset
60Gb hard disc with 20 GB of personal storage space
Tyre-pressure monitoring, Keyless entry & ignition, power door-latching and boot, Park Distance Control. Optional: rear-view camera, TV tuner, Naim premium audio, rear-seat entertainment
Power-adjustable front (12-way) and rear (8-way) seats. Heating and memory functions. Optional seat ventilation and massage.
4-zone climate control, bulls-eye air vents & organ-stop controls, electric rear privacy blinds. Optional: tilt sunroof, bottle cooler
Driver & front passenger air bags, front/rear head & thorax airbags